- On behalf of my family, the full Hogs Haven staff, and all of us at 1st Amendment Sports, happy Memorial Day. To all of those families who know better than anyone else in this country what the meaning of sacrifice is, thank you and our prayers are with you. We try to never miss these opportunities to ensure that folks know...we get it. Please fill this next moment with your own thoughts and reflections about anyone you know who has made the ultimate sacrifice for this country or any families you are close to who have lost a loved one in the line of duty.
- I am blown away every year around this time because I am fortunate to hear from those of you who take the time to share your stories with me via email or in the comments section below. It always makes me think of my family when I hear that your pain is softened by memories of rooting for the Redskins—or any D.C. sports team—with your departed loved ones. I think we can all agree that those folks deserved more in the way of titles than they got in recent decades, but the days we spent together gathered at each other’s houses, huddled at tailgates and amassed at sports bars for every other non-championship situation combine to help make life a more worthwhile and fulfilling thing..and they certainly provide the backdrop for memories that will live forever.
- Tonight begins a rare opportunity for the D.C. sports fan—an actual FINAL. The Washington Capitals take the ice in Vegas this evening for the first game of a best-of-seven series. I am beyond stressed out about it, and it makes it rather hard to focus on anything football-related. Thankfully, we are able to spend the first half of the Sixpack saluting those who suited up for the greatest team on the planet—the U.S.A. military—before moving on to address this football-sized knot in my stomach.
- Should the Caps hoist the Stanley Cup Trophy, it is not going to make me any less desperate to win a Lombardi Trophy. To suggest that it wouldn’t help to ease the pain of 27 years without a Super Bowl win (or appearance) though...well, the fact is that it will. It is so hard to express exactly why I think what happens in one sport affects what happens in another, and those who disagree with the thought entirely have a solid position. Still...the Washington Capitals are skating for a hell of a lot of Redskins fans tonight. Nationally, I find it hard to believe more people are rooting against the Caps than for them. After all...there has been no time for any kind of a national rooting interest to develop between sports fans and the Golden Knights. It feels weird to have so many fans rooting for my team (the Redskins do NOT generate that kind of sympathetic thought).
- LET’S GO CAPS!!!!!!
It’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals...and also one of the best opportunities we have to honor those who have sacrificed so much for us.